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p. 101. Good places and bad placeslocked

  • Lyman Tower Sargent

Abstract

The notion of utopia was around before Thomas More first used the word. There are two versions of utopia: the first focuses on bodily pleasure in terms of food, drink, and sex; and the second focuses on social organization. The first is seen as being created by Nature or God and the second as a human creation. Both these versions are ancient and continue today. ‘Good places and bad places’ examines these two types of utopia and looks at where they have been described in legend, myths, and literature before and after Thomas More. What is the appeal of the notion of utopia in literature? What is a dystopia?

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